The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has reiterated that no amount of intimidation would stop him from carrying out his legislative duties and assured Nigerians that everything was under control as regards the summon extended to him by the Nigerian Police Force over his alleged forgery of the Senate Rule.
Vanguard reports that Senator Ekweremadu assured Nigerians and the International community that the National Assembly (NASS), was ready to do everything in it’s power to preserve the country’s democracy and defend the legislative independence.
He made this known in a statement released by His Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu, as a response to the concerns expressed by Nigerians, friends and political associates.
According to the statement, Senator Ekweremadu had received ” numerous calls and messages from well meaning Nigerians, elder statesmen, governors, senators and Members of the House of Representatives across party lines.
“Concerned members of the international community, youth and women organisations, royal fathers, and Civil Society Organisatons, among others, have continued to express utter dismay and concern over the unfolding drama in which his life and liberty are being threatened by desperate politicians.
“Senator Ekweremadu wishes to assure all Nigerians and concerned members of the international community that everything is under control and that all democratic steps are being taken to preserve the nation’s democracy and protect the independence of the legislature.”
“The Deputy President of the Senate further wishes to assure Nigerians that necessary steps are being taken by the security agencies to beef up security around him.
“He appreciates the nation’s security agencies for their professional handling of the situation so far, and acknowledges with a deep sense of gratitude the numerous youths across the country who have volunteered to provide additional security around him.
“In all these, however, let it be known that no amount of intimidation or harassment will deter Senator Ekweremadu from carrying out the constitutionally prescribed duties, which on June 9, 2015, PDP and APC Senators willingly elected him in the full glare of the world to perform.”